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OLD LIGHT - NEW LIGHT (Last updated Jan 2016)
THE FOLLOWING IS BASED SOLELY ON PUBLISHED WT MATERIAL AND TEACHINGS.
This information from the WT Society has been taught and preached as The Truth, provided by Jehovah
God himself to his 'earthly channel' of the Faithful Slave, to be served as food at the proper time.
All were assured that it was based solidly and reliably on the Bible, but it was later changed, changed
back, then changed again.
How might God feel about the WT attributing the teaching of these doctrinal errors to Him?
Galatians 2:18 answers "For if the very things that I once threw down I build up again, I demonstrate
myself to be a transgressor."
If this material is declared 'apostate' (as it definitely will be, since this is the JW pre-programmed,
kneejerk defence to any reasonable questioning of a WT teaching) then what exactly is being called
'apostate', since all these quotes are taken straight out of JW publications? Most of which are still
available in every Kingdom Hall library!
The scriptural definition of 'apostate' as quoted by GB member Geoffrey Jackson in Aug 2015 are "those
who actively go against what the Bible teaches". It is not those who actively go against 'The Truth' du jour
of the WT Society. Speaking truth is not apostasy, for what was once apostasy is now acknowledged truth.
*** w63 11/15 p. 688 par. 3 Execution of Divine Judgment upon False Religion ***
"It is not a form of religious persecution for anyone to say and to show that another religion is false. It
is not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false, thus
allowing persons to see the difference between false religion and true religion."
_____________________________________________________________________________________
This document follows the advice given by The Watchtower, February 15, 2013, p. 12, para, 18:
"We benefit from balanced consideration of the history of Jehovah's organization. Moreover, we
do well to examine our history, learn from it, and plan for the future."
As you read the YES/NO/YES/NO flip flopping teachings, consider the reprimand given in 1 Kings 18:21:
"E·li'jah approached all the people and said: "How long will you be limping upon two different opinions?"
Should you be disturbed by continually changing religious teachings? The Awake! answers "Yes":
-- g70 4/22 p. 8 Changes That Disturb People
"Yes, millions of persons have been shocked to learn that things they were taught as being vital for
salvation are now considered by their church to be wrong. Have you, too, felt discouragement or even
despair because of what is happening in your church? A businessman in Colombia expressed the effect the
changes have had on many."Tell me," he asked, "how can I have confidence in anything? How can I
believe in the Bible, in God, or have faith? Just ten years ago we Catholics had the absolute truth, we put
all our faith in this. Now the pope and our priests are telling us this is not the way to believe any more, but
we are to believe 'new things.' How do I know the 'new things' will be the truth in five years?"
How can you "continue in the things learned" (2Tim 3:14) when the things learned keep changing?
Consider too the irony of statements such as that found in w61 1/1 p. 19 par. 9 "Apply Your Hearts":
"In order to help those who are sighing and crying because of the abominations that exist in the world
Jehovah's witnesses use much printed matter to aid people to get acquainted with God's Word and to get a
clearer understanding of the Holy Bible. To this end there were distributed in the field, which field is the
world, 4,167,407 bound books and 12,372,784 booklets."
Why is this quote ironic?
Because this "clearer understanding" has since been judged to be misunderstanding and therefore not
"clear" at all! Those millions of bound books and booklets are now all out of date and out of favour.
How many millions of hours were spent distributing them? How much time do you spend distributing books
and booklets with a message that will soon be replaced due to "clearer understanding"?
Ask yourself what year you learned the Truth, what things you 'proved to yourself' and then 'examine
our history and see what we learn' (w13 2/15 above) about the teachings since then. As you do so,
note how conclusive, adamant and beyond question every doctrine is - up until it is changed for a different
but equally categorical statement.
With the new teachings on when the end is coming, on blood, on 1914 and on the 'generation', reduced
hours for pioneers, a different Faithful Slave definition, new donation arrangements, different assemblies,
new headquarters, a different and prominent Governing Body, new videos, cartoons and online TV shows,
different ministry, new branding (JW.org), every meeting changed, no TMS, shorter Sunday talks, no DO's,
everything tablet based, different elder arrangement and appointments, thinner and less frequent
magazines, different Kingdom Hall designs, new songs, new music and a different Bible,
Are Jehovah's Witnesses today the same religion that you were persuaded and baptised into? ...

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Table of Contents

ORGAN TRANSPLANTS ..........................................................................................................................................8
DID THE EDENIC SERPENT HAVE LEGS? ................................................................................................................8
IS IT WRONG TO GIVE YOUR PET BLOOD? ...........................................................................................................8
HEMOGLOBIN .......................................................................................................................................................9
DO WITNESS CHILDREN DIE FROM NOT TAKING BLOOD? ...................................................................................9
TAKING A 'FIRM STAND' ON THE MEDICAL USE OF BLOOD FRACTIONS/PROCEDURES ......................................9
DONATING BLOOD MAY MAKE YOU A MURDERER .......................................................................................... 10
MUST YOU READ FOOD LABELS FOR BLOOD PRODUCTS? ................................................................................ 10
WHEN DID BABYLON THE GREAT HOLD GODS PEOPLE CAPTIVE? .................................................................... 10
WHO WAS THE FIFTH WORLD POWER? ............................................................................................................ 10
WHEN DID BABYLON THE GREAT FALL? ............................................................................................................ 11
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE BOOK STUDY? .......................................................................................................... 11
ROMANS 13:1 - WHO ARE THE "SUPERIOR AUTHORITIES?" ............................................................................. 12
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, THE SYMBOL OF SOMETHING OR THE THING ITSELF? ...................................... 13
IS OUR MESSAGE DIFFERENT FROM JESUS' MESSAGE? .................................................................................... 14
WORSHIPPING JESUS? ....................................................................................................................................... 14
WHO SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF OUR MINISTRY? ........................................................................................... 14
WHO'S WITNESSES SHOULD WE BE (ISA 43:10)? .............................................................................................. 15
WT DEFINITION OF 'APOSTASY' ......................................................................................................................... 15
ORGANIZATION - ITS IMPORTANCE................................................................................................................... 16
CAN CHRISTIANS USE A PIÑATA? ...................................................................................................................... 16
VACCINATIONS .................................................................................................................................................. 16
IS IT CORRECT TO USE THE PHRASE "HUMAN BEINGS"? .................................................................................. 16
DID SATAN PHYSICALLY TAKE JESUS TO THE TEMPLE WHEN TEMPTING HIM? ................................................ 16
CAN DISFELLOWSHIPPED PARTAKE OF THE EMBLEMS? ................................................................................... 17
CAN SAY "HELLO" TO A DISFELLOWSHIPPED MEMBER? ................................................................................... 17
DISFELLOWSHIPPING IS LED BY HOLY SPIRIT..................................................................................................... 18
CAN A MINISTERIAL SERVANT SIT ON A JUDICIAL COMMITTEE? ...................................................................... 18
DISFELLOWSHIPING ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE SIN DETAILS ........................................................... 19
CAN YOU PRAY FOR DISFELLOWSHIPPED ONES? .............................................................................................. 19
WHAT HOPE FOR A DISFELLOWSHIPPED PERSON WHO DIES? ......................................................................... 19
CAN YOU CLAP WHEN SOMEONE IS REINSTATED? ........................................................................................... 19
WHAT DOES 'MARKING' MEAN (2THESS 3:14)? ................................................................................................ 20
CAN WE DRINK ALCOHOL BEFORE GOING TO THE MEETING? ......................................................................... 20
WHO APPOINTS ELDERS? .................................................................................................................................. 21
ARE THERE ENOUGH ELDERS? ........................................................................................................................... 21
WHO IS GOG OF MAGOG?................................................................................................................................. 22
HOW MANY DAYS IN A LUNAR YEAR? ............................................................................................................... 22
WHAT DOES EZEKIEL'S CHARIOT PICTURE? ....................................................................................................... 22
WHAT TO BELIEVE, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR THE BIBLE? ........................................................................... 23
LUKE 21:26 ("MEN BECOME FAINT OUT OF FEAR") REFERS TO WHEN? .......................................................... 23
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WHO SOWED THE 'MUSTARD GRAIN'? ............................................................................................................. 23
THE BIGGEST CREATURE EVER? ......................................................................................................................... 23
DOES ISA 7:14 REFER TO A 'VIRGIN' OR A 'YOUNG WOMAN'? ......................................................................... 23
WHO IS THE MAN CLOTHED IN LINEN WITH A SECRETARY'S INKHORN (EZE 9:2)? ......................................... 24
WERE THE "VAST MIXED COMPANY" IN A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? ........................................ 24
IS ISA 11:6 (LIONS WILL EAT STRAW) LITERAL OR FIGURATIVE? ....................................................................... 25
WHO ARE THE 'GLORIOUS ONES' (2Pe 2:10)? ................................................................................................... 27
JOHN 17:3 "THIS MEANS EVERLASTING LIFE, THEIR TAKING IN KNOWLEDGE OF YOU ..." .............................. 27
DO WE HAVE GUARDIAN ANGELS? ................................................................................................................... 28
THE "ALPHA AND OMEGA"OF REVELATION 22:12 REFERS TO.......................................................................... 29
WHO REPLACED JUDAS AS THE 12TH APOSTLE?............................................................................................... 29
WHEN WAS FRED FRANZ BAPTISED? ................................................................................................................ 29
CAN WE TRUST VAT 4956 (ARCHAELOGICAL TABLET)?..................................................................................... 29
WHERE DO THE GREAT CROWD 'RENDER SERVICE'? ........................................................................................ 30
RESURRECTED ONES CAN MARRY? ................................................................................................................... 30
WHEN DO THE 1260 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 7:25, Da 12:7, Rev 11:2, 3, Rev 13:5)? .................................. 31
WHEN DO THE 1290 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 12:11)? .................................................................................. 31
WHEN DO THE 1335 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 12:12)? .................................................................................. 31
WHEN DO THE 2300 DAYS BEGIN AND END (Da 8:14)? .................................................................................... 31
HOW LONG WAS THE TRIBULATION FOR JERUSALEM IN 70CE? ...................................................................... 31
WHEN DID THE GENTILE TIMES END? ............................................................................................................... 31
MATTHEW 24:14 HAS BEEN FULFILLED? ........................................................................................................... 32
WILL THERE BE ANOTHER WORLD WAR?.......................................................................................................... 32
WHERE DID THE NAME 'JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES' COME FROM? ...................................................................... 33
WHAT IS THE 'NEW NAME' IN ISA 62:2 ............................................................................................................. 33
HOW LONG TO CREATE MOUNTAIN RANGES? ................................................................................................. 34
SHOULD WE USE THE PHRASE "BROTHERS AND SISTERS"? .............................................................................. 34
IS IT LATER THAN YOU THINK? .......................................................................................................................... 34
HOW LONG IS A CREATIVE DAY? ....................................................................................................................... 35
FIELD SERVICE IS VOLUNTARY AND PUBLISHERS DO NOT REPRESENT THE WTBTS ......................................... 36
1935 AND INCREASING MEMORIAL PARTAKERS ............................................................................................... 37
WILL THE MEN OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH BE RESURRECTED? ................................................................... 37
HOW MANY 'KEYS OF THE KINGDOM'? ............................................................................................................. 38
WHO IS "THE TRUE LORD?" (Mal 3:1) ............................................................................................................... 38
TO WHOM DOES 2COR 11:13 APPLY? ............................................................................................................... 38
BLACK PEOPLE ARE FROM THE CURSE OF NOAH'S TIME .................................................................................. 39
WT VIEW OF THE SPANISH ................................................................................................................................ 39
WILL "EVERY EYE" SEE JESUS (REV 1:7)? ........................................................................................................... 40
WAS THE WT EXPECTING PERSECUTION, OR DEATH, IN 1915? ........................................................................ 40
ADVICE ON DISEASE, APPENDICITIS, CANCER, BALDNESS, ETC. ........................................................................ 41
WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF OUR PHYSICAL HEART? ........................................................................................ 42
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DOES LEV 5:1 REFER TO WRONGDOING ('CURSING') OR 'BEING ASKED TO TESTIFY'? ..................................... 43
WHAT DOES MT 24:29 "THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED" MEAN? ....................................................................... 44
WHO IS THE "FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE?" .............................................................................................. 45
WHO ARE THE 'TYPES' OF THE FAITHFUL SLAVE? ............................................................................................. 46
TYPES AND ANTITYPES....................................................................................................................................... 47
WHEN DID THE 'SECOND PRESENCE' OF JESUS CHRIST BEGIN?........................................................................ 48
SHOULD WE READ THE BIBLE ONLINE? ............................................................................................................. 48
DANIELS IMAGE - DO THE 10 TOES HAVE SPECIAL MEANING? ......................................................................... 49
WHAT DO THE IRON AND CLAY REPRESENT? (Dan 2:43) .................................................................................. 49
LECITHIN ............................................................................................................................................................ 49
FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT (GAL 5:22) - 'PATIENCE' OR 'LONG SUFFERING'? ........................................................... 49
1874 ................................................................................................................................................................... 50
WILL THERE BE A 'RAPTURE'? ............................................................................................................................ 52
THE TIME OF THE END BEGAN IN 1799 ............................................................................................................. 52
TEACHING OF THE 1925 EARTHLY RESURRECTION ........................................................................................... 53
PYRAMIDOLOGY ................................................................................................................................................ 54
WAS DEBORAH A JUDGE?.................................................................................................................................. 55
SHOULD YOU HATE WRONGDOERS?................................................................................................................. 55
WHO ARE THE 'BIRDS' IN THE MUSTARD TREE (MT 13:4)? ............................................................................... 56
WHEN DOES THE DISGUSTING THING STAND IN A HOLY PLACE? ..................................................................... 56
ARE SYMBOLS (PINS/BADGES) IDOLATRY? ........................................................................................................ 56
THE CORRECT VIEW OF FLAGS........................................................................................................................... 57
GOD'S VIEW OF CALENDARS ............................................................................................................................. 58
SUITABLE AGE FOR BAPTISM ............................................................................................................................. 59
WHAT MUST YOU AGREE TO WHEN YOU ARE BAPTISED?................................................................................ 60
CAN YOU BE SEXUALLY STERILISED?.................................................................................................................. 61
THE CORRECT VIEW OF ZOO'S ........................................................................................................................... 61
SEPARATING OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS (Matt 25:31-46) ........................................................................ 62
THE REVELATION NAMES "APOLLYON" AND "ABADDON" ............................................................................... 62
WHO IS THE 'LORD' AS MENTIONED IN ROMANS 10:12-16 .............................................................................. 62
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE? ..................................................................................................... 62
JESUS IS MEDIATOR FOR WHOM? ..................................................................................................................... 63
GENERATION ..................................................................................................................................................... 64
WHO SAW THE START OF 'THIS GENERATION'? ................................................................................................ 65
VOTING .............................................................................................................................................................. 66
JESUS HAS A BEARD? ......................................................................................................................................... 67
CAN A WOMAN WEAR TROUSERS TO THE MEETING OR ON FIELD SERVICE? .................................................. 68
DISPOSING OF BODIES AFTER ARMAGEDDON .................................................................................................. 69
THE NUCLEAR THREAT IS LINKED TO THE 'SIGN' ............................................................................................... 69
IS THE EARTH STILL CURSED (GEN 3:17) ............................................................................................................ 69
HEARING "VOICES" IS A SIGN OF DEMON ATTACK?.......................................................................................... 70
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IS BRITAIN THE KING OF THE NORTH OR KING OF THE SOUTH? ....................................................................... 70
HOW TO REMOVE A TATTOO ............................................................................................................................ 70
MUST YOU MARRY "ONLY IN THE LORD"? (1COR 7:39) .................................................................................... 71
SHOULD MARRIED PERSONS SPEND TIME WORKING APART? ......................................................................... 71
DOES JEHOVAH HELP YOU FIND A MARRIAGE MATE? ...................................................................................... 72
ASKING FOR DONATIONS .................................................................................................................................. 73
CHARGING FOR LITERATURE ............................................................................................................................. 74
WHO IS 'ARIEL' (ISA 29:1)?................................................................................................................................. 75
RAPE VICTIM IS GUILTY OF FORNICATION......................................................................................................... 75
HOW TO HANDLE BEING RAPED........................................................................................................................ 76
DIVORCE ALLOWED FOR HOMOSEXUALITY/BESTIALITY? ................................................................................. 76
DIVORCE ALLOWED FOR PORNEIA BETWEEN MARRIAGE MATES? .................................................................. 77
WHO CAN COUNT TIME ON A FAMILY BIBLE STUDY? ....................................................................................... 77
MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE (an extensive 9+ year preaching campaign 1918-27) ...................... 78
THE END WILL BE IN OUR TWENTIETH CENTURY .............................................................................................. 80
EIGHT LITERATURE REVISIONS TO WHEN 'THE END' WILL BE ........................................................................... 81
DO THE GREAT CROWD PARTAKE OF THE EMBLEMS?...................................................................................... 82
THE DUE TIME "IS NEAR" (Luke 21:8 NWT 2013) .............................................................................................. 83
THE END IS "VERY VERY" NEAR ......................................................................................................................... 83
THE DUE TIME "HAS APPROACHED" (Luke 21:8 NWT 1984)............................................................................. 84
WE ARE AT "THE THRESHOLD" .......................................................................................................................... 85
ADAM'S SKIN COLOUR ....................................................................................................................................... 86
ADAMS CREATION DATE.................................................................................................................................... 86
DID ADAM HAVE A SEX DRIVE? ......................................................................................................................... 86
HOW LONG AFTER ADAM WAS CREATED WAS EVE CREATED? ........................................................................ 86
WILL ADAM BE RESURRECTED? ......................................................................................................................... 87
DID THE EARTH HAVE RAIN PRIOR TO THE FLOOD? (GEN 2:5) ......................................................................... 87
JW's AS PROPHETS ............................................................................................................................................. 88
THE SHOWY DISPLAY OF ONES MEANS OF LIFE ................................................................................................ 91
WHO ARE THE HOUSE OF GOD WHERE JUDGEMENT WILL START (1PE 4:17) .................................................. 91
WOMEN CAN BE MINISTERIAL SERVANTS ........................................................................................................ 93
WHO ARE 'ORDAINED MINISTERS'? .................................................................................................................. 93
WAS 'SAMUEL' CORRECT WHEN HE TOLD SAUL HE WOULD DIE IN BATTLE (1 SAM 28:19)? ........................... 93
WHO ARE THE "SEVEN SHEPHERDS, EIGHT DUKES" (MIC 5:5).......................................................................... 93
WHO DOES NABOTH REPRESENT? .................................................................................................................... 93
SHOULD WE 'BLINDLY OBEY'? ........................................................................................................................... 94
WHEN DID THE HARVEST BEGIN?...................................................................................................................... 95
WHERE DID JESUS DRIVE THE MONEY CHANGERS OUT FROM? ....................................................................... 95
WHO IS MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL?................................................................................................................. 95
IS A RESURRECTION POSSIBLE FOR SUICIDE? .................................................................................................... 96
IS PHRENOLOGY (FEELING THE BUMPS ON YOUR HEAD) RELIABLE?................................................................ 96
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WHO ARE THE 10 VIRGINS (MATT 25)? ............................................................................................................. 97
WHEN WILL 6,000 YEARS BE UP? ...................................................................................................................... 97
WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS ............................................................................................... 98
WILL UNBORN BABIES WHO DIE BE RESURRECTED? ........................................................................................ 98
IS CHESS A SAFE GAME TO PLAY? ...................................................................................................................... 99
JOHANNES GREBER (SPIRITUALIST) IS A QUOTABLE SOURCE FOR THE WTBTS ................................................ 99
GHANDI IS QUOTABLE ..................................................................................................................................... 100
SHOULD WE LOOK TO TATIAN'S WRITINGS?................................................................................................... 101
WHAT IS "THE SIN THAT EASILY ENTANGLES US" (HEB 12:1)? ........................................................................ 101
WHO DOES ROMANS 10:13 REFER TO? .......................................................................................................... 102
OK TO RE-USE RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS FOR K.HALLS? ...................................................................................... 102
THE CORRECT VIEW OF ELABORATE PLACES OF WORSHIP ............................................................................. 103
INDEPENDENT THINKING ................................................................................................................................ 104
SHOULD WE EXAMINE OUR BELIEFS? ............................................................................................................. 105
WHAT YEAR WAS THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS PROPOSED? .............................................................................. 106
LEAGUE OF NATIONS - SIMPLE MATHS: .......................................................................................................... 106
IS IT OK TO BE DECEPTIVE? .............................................................................................................................. 107
SPACE TRAVEL.................................................................................................................................................. 108
"TRINITY" IS NOT IN THE BIBLE ........................................................................................................................ 108
NO NEED FOR EDUCATION .............................................................................................................................. 109
ALTERNATIVE MILITARY SERVICE .................................................................................................................... 110
EIGHT DATES FOR WHEN THE ANOINTED WERE 'FINALLY SEALED'? .............................................................. 111
DO THE ANOINTED GO TO HEAVEN BEFORE OR AFTER ARMAGEDDON? ...................................................... 111
WHEN WERE THE ANOINTED RESURRECTED TO HEAVEN? ............................................................................ 111
IF "HELPERS" TO THE GB ARE NOT ANOINTED, WHY ARE THEY LATER PROMOTED TO THE GB? .................. 112
DO THE GOVERNING BODY SIGN BIBLES? ....................................................................................................... 113
WILL THIS BE OUR LAST MEMORIAL? "WE DO NOT KNOW" .......................................................................... 113
WHEN ARE PROPHECIES UNDERSTOOD? ........................................................................................................ 113
WHAT DOES THE MEMORIAL LOAF REPRESENT?............................................................................................ 114
TARTARUS IS? .................................................................................................................................................. 114
DO WE NEED ANYTHING EXTRA, BEYOND THE SCRIPTURES? ......................................................................... 115
DELIVERANCE IS AT HAND (AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER 130 YEARS) ................................................................ 116
DATES AND CLOSE TO THE END....................................................................................................................... 117
WHO IS GODS CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION TODAY? ............................................................................... 119
WHAT DOES "BREAKING THE BREAD" SYMBOLIZE? ........................................................................................ 121
WHO'S ORGANIZATION? ................................................................................................................................. 121
WHO DOES THE "TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL" REFER TO (Mt 19:28)? ............................................................ 121
WHO IS "MOTHER"? ........................................................................................................................................ 122
IS IT ADVISABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN? ............................................................................................................. 124
WHAT HAS BEEN 'REVEALED' TO US BY GOD? ................................................................................................ 125
WHERE DO OUR (FLIP FLOPPING) TEACHINGS COME FROM? ........................................................................ 126
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SOME NOTABLE QUOTES FROM WT PUBLICATIONS ...................................................................................... 130
THE GOLDEN CALF ........................................................................................................................................... 133
FALSE REASONINGS ......................................................................................................................................... 134
SOME SCRIPTURES........................................................................................................................................... 136
TEACHINGS THAT HAVE REMAINED THE SAME .............................................................................................. 138
A FINAL THOUGHT ........................................................................................................................................... 139
WT TERMINOLOGY .......................................................................................................................................... 140
CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................................................... 141

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ORGAN TRANSPLANTS
1967-1980: prohibited as "cannibalism" WT 11/15/67 p.702
"Those who submit to such operations are thus living off the flesh of another human. That is cannibalistic"
*** w69 11/15 p. 701 Appreciating Jehovah's Protection ***
A DIFFICULT DECISION
The day before surgery was due the chairman of the kidney transplant team came in and asked if I would
agree to making the kidney I was relinquishing available to a young patient whose kidneys had failed.
It appears that though the artery leading to my kidney was not functioning, the kidney itself was in
good shape. The doctor was keen to have my kidney, but I explained to him that as one of Jehovah's
witnesses I must abide by what God's law indicates in such a matter.
Later that day we informed him of our Biblical position with respect to human flesh and its use and
quoted the relevant passages of God's Word. He asked if I could retain a good conscience after
denying my kidney to his young patient. In reply I pointed out that my kidney was not mine to give,
and must be used in harmony with the will of the One who created it.
1971: They change your personality w71 3/1 p. 135 par. 10 How Is Your Heart?
One thing is sure, in losing their own hearts, they have had taken away from them the capacities of
"heart" built up in them over the years and which contributed to making them who they were as to
personality.
1975: They change your personality w75 9/1 p. 519 Insight on the News
Following a transplant, one mild-tempered man became aggressive like the donor. The problem may be
largely or wholly mental. But it is of interest, at least, that the Bible links the kidneys closely with human
emotions.
1980: - permitted WT 3/15/80 p.31
"Some Christians might feel that taking into their bodies any tissue or body part from another human is
cannibalistic. "
Note: Why is it that "some Christians might feel" that way?
This is the Society's regular method of introducing "new light" and dismissing "old light" as being the faulty
personal opinions of members, instead of honestly admitting that this is what was previously taught.
For example, we see this again with the teaching of eating food with Lecithin after being told not to do so:
("some Christians have refused to eat any product having lecithin listed as an ingredient").
The same is true for changed teachings on the 1914 rapture, 1925 earthly resurrection, black skin being a
curse from God, removing tattoos, and also with the teaching of the Edenic snake having legs.
It is always "some people's" mistaken thoughts, never the WT's changing teachings that are at fault:
DID THE EDENIC SERPENT HAVE LEGS?
YES - w64 6/1 p. 352 Questions From Readers
It, therefore, is reasonable to conclude that before God cursed it the serpent possessed legs that
elevated it above the ground.
NO - po (1974) chap. 5 p. 59 pars. 15-16 God's "Eternal Purpose" in His Anointed One Is Formed
"Upon your belly you will go and dust is what you will eat." This was not a curse upon the whole
serpent family. Seemingly God's words were addressed to that one literal serpent.
NO - w07 6/15 p. 31 Questions From Readers
The Bible does not specifically state that the animal used in tempting Eve had previously had legs but
lost them. While the wording of Genesis 3:14 might lead some to think so, we need not necessarily
conclude that prior to this curse, serpents had legs.
Note: Why were some "lead to think so"? It's because they were previously told to think so.
What else might some "think"? ...
IS IT WRONG TO GIVE YOUR PET BLOOD?
YES - w64 2/15 p. 127 Questions From Readers
Would it be a violation of the Scriptures for a Christian to permit a veterinarian to give blood
transfusions to a pet? By all means, to do so would be a violation of the Scriptures. ... The baptized parent
bears the responsibility, for that parent has authority over the child and over the pet and should control
the entire matter. That is the parent’s obligation before God.—Eccl. 12:13, 14; Jas. 4:17.
What, then, of animal food? May it be used if there is reason to believe there is blood in it? As far as a
Christian is concerned, the answer is No, on the basis of principles already mentioned.
I wonder if your pet can be disfellowshipped for killing another animal, or for fornication?

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HEMOGLOBIN
Before 2000 not allowed -- w92 10/15 p. 31 Questions From Readers
Some Christians have occasionally checked the labels on packaged foods, since many governments require
that ingredients be listed. And they may choose to do so regularly with any product that they have reason
to believe might contain blood. It would be right, of course, to avoid products that listed things such as
blood, blood plasma, plasma, globin (or globulin) protein, or hemoglobin (or globin) iron.
After 2000 Allowed -- w00 6/15 p. 30 Questions From Readers
Depending on the condition of the patient, physicians might prescribe red cells, white cells, platelets, or
plasma. Jehovah's Witnesses hold that accepting whole blood or any of those four primary components
violates God's law.
Other medicines are coming along that involve (at least initially) extracts from blood components. Such
therapies are not transfusions of those primary components; they usually involve parts or fractions
thereof. Should Christians accept these fractions in medical treatment? We cannot say. The Bible does not
give details, so a Christian must make his own conscientious decision before God.
Note: Prior to 2000, how many gave their lives for a teaching that later proved to be false?
DO WITNESS CHILDREN DIE FROM NOT TAKING BLOOD?
YES - Awake! 1994 May 22 p.2 Youths Who Put God First (3-15)
In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first. They are still doing it, only today the drama
is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue.
NO - Watchtower 1998 December 1 p.14 Defending Our Faith
Jehovah's Witnesses have been targets of false accusations - barefaced lies and twisted presentations of
their beliefs... The accusation that numerous children of Jehovah's Witnesses die each year as a result of
refusing blood transfusions is totally unfounded.
Note: The w98 is here accusing the '94 Awake of spreading "totally unfounded barefaced lies" and "twisted
reasoning!" Jesus said "Every kingdom divided against itself comes to ruin" (Matthew 12:25). Go figure!
TAKING A 'FIRM STAND' ON THE MEDICAL USE OF BLOOD FRACTIONS/PROCEDURES
1940 Blood transfusions are acceptable - Consolation 1940 December p.19
1945 Blood transfusion are not acceptable - The Watchtower 1945 7th Jan p.201
(Can we accept clotting factors, albumin, hemoglobin, stored blood etc.?)
NO – Awake! Sept. 8, 1956 Awake, p. 20
YES - The Watchtower Sept. 15, 1958, p. 575
- w58 8/1 QFR "An individual is not disfellowshipped for having voluntarily taken a blood transfusion"
NO – The Watchtower Sept. 15, 1961, p.558 para.16
YES - The Watchtower Nov 15, 1964, p.682 para.3
NO - Awake! Feb 22, 1975, p.30 "Hemophilia Treatment Hazard"
YES - The Watchtower Jun 15, 1978, p.30 "Are serum injections compatible with Christian belief?"
NO - Blood Brochure 1990 p.27 para.7
YES -The Watchtower, June 15, 2004, p.23 para.16
(Note: Check with the HLC since the rules change very often without updates appearing in the WT. This
flip-flopping is anything BUT a 'firm stand')
Sworn testimony submitted by the Society before the European Human Rights Commission Jul 3 1997:
"As regards the alleged involvement of children, the [WatchTower Bible and tract Society] submits that
children cannot become members of the association but only participate, together with their parents, in
the religious activities of the community. In respect of the refusal of blood transfusion, the applicant
association submits that there are no religious sanctions for a Jehovah's Witness who chooses to
accept blood transfusion and that, therefore, the fact that the religious doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses
is against blood transfusion cannot amount to a threat to public health."
Q. How many of Jehovah's people have died because of refusing a blood fraction that was later permitted?
w78 6/15 p. 25 par. 20 Firmly Resolved About Life And Blood
...the Scriptures show that because life is sacred a measure of bloodguilt could result even from
causing someone’s death unintentionally.
[Picture on page 25] Avoid Bloodguilt from (1) eating blood, (2) sharing in bloodguilty organizations,
United In Worship p.155 par. 4
"The scriptures show that if we are part of any organization that is bloodguilty before God, we must sever
our ties with it if we do not want to share in its sins. (Rev 18:4,24; Mic 4:3) Such action deserves urgent
attention."

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